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The Wiz on stage at the Lucas beginning July 17
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Rock, gospel and soul music whisk you away to the Land of Oz in Savannah's Cultural Arts Theatre's production of the musical ‘The Wiz’ at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts. Performance dates are July 17, 18, 24, and 25. - photo by Photo provided

SAVANNAH — The City of Savannah’s Cultural Arts Theatre announced that it will be presenting its summer “big stage” production of “The Wiz” at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts, July 17, 18, 24 and 25.

This new musical version of the classic “Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum, features a script by William F. Brown and music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls.   

Dorothy’s adventures in the Land of Oz have been set to music in a dazzling, lively mixture of rock, gospel and soul music. Everybody knows the story, but now it's a new fantasy for today — mysterious, opulent and fanciful.

Come follow Dorothy (Rebecca Frost) on her journey to Oz by tornado and down the yellow brick road, where she befriends a Scarecrow (Christy Clark), a Tin Man (Ronald King) and a Lion (Gary Swindell Jr.).  The four friends “Ease on Down the Road” to meet the great and powerful Wiz (Anthony Chase) and ask him for a brain, a heart, some courage, and to return “Home.”  

Full of exciting new musical arrangements by musical director Gary Swindell and stunning choreography by Muriel Miller of Abeni Cultural Arts, this is “The Wiz” as you have never seen it.   

Performances will be held July 17 and 24 at 8 p.m.;  and July 18 and 25 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. 

Tickets are $17 general admission; $12 seniors and students.

Tickets are available by contacting the Lucas Theatre for the Arts at (912) 525-5050 or